Racially charged sign posted outside Sid's Tavern, bar owner arrested for assault
I'm not sure where to begin with this one, gang. It's so bizarre.
The owner of Sid's Tavern was arrested for assault last night, after he allegedly spit on a police officer, according to a liquor board official.
A sign (pictured) with racial and homosexual epithets posted outside the bar was taken down.
At about 8 p.m., the city started getting calls from Pigtown residents that a racially charged sign was posted outside Sid's Tavern.
The liquor board recently revoked the bar's license, and the sign, about three feet by five feet in size, claims to give the bar's side of the story. But the statements aren't true, according to liquor board chairman Stephan Fogleman ...
"The version of the events of the hearing that were noted in that poster vary wildly from the version of the events that will appear in the transcripts of the hearing," he said.
Last night, when police confronted Sid's owner, Tareq Abdul-Ghani, he allegedly became irate and spat on an officer. Police arrested Abdul-Ghani and confiscated the sign.
The liquor board revoked the bar's license last month after testimony that Abdul-Ghani threatened neighbors, was uncooperative in a shooting investigation, tried to punch a dog and was videotaped running in traffic after a Ravens game.
The bar has scheduled a press conference for Sunday afternoon.
UPDATE: I spoke with councilman William H. Cole IV, who arrived at Sid's last night as Abdul-Ghani was arrested. Abdul-Ghani screamed and kicked the inside walls of the
paddy wagon police van, and had to be further restrained by police, Cole said.
"The pattern of bizarre behavior continues," he said. "It was proven again last night that he is not somebody you want holding a liquor license. ... Attacking a community and attacking people who have legitimate fears about their safety doesn’t seem to be a logical way to move forward."
Here is a larger photo of the signs, courtesy of Midnight Sunner Stagger Lee. To view it close up, right click on the photo and hit 'view image.' The yellow fliers are notices of the press conference:
(Top photo, edited for content, courtesy of the liquor board)